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Red Raiders shutout Cowboys tennis team, still winless in conference play

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Alex Garcia

The Cowboys tennis team is on a five-match losing streak.

The Cowboys suffered only their second loss at home this season, and their fourth loss in the Big 12 Conference.

The No. 44 Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted the No. 33 Texas Tech Red Raiders for their fourth conference match of the season. The Cowboys and Red Raiders both went into the contest winless in Big 12 matches on the season looking to snag their first win. The Red Raiders came out on top, sweeping the Cowboys, 4-0.

The Greenwood Tennis Center suffered the harshest winds of the season, which caused both sides to adapt to the tougher playing conditions, and the Red Raiders took advantage of it. Alex Garcia reflected on how the weather impacted the match.

“It was hard, but it's not that we aren't used to it,” Garcia said “I feel like the conditions have been like that, probably like five days of practice outside. It is true that if it gets to the point where it was today, we would probably finish inside because, like in terms of work, it's kind of tough. It’s true that we haven't really done much yet in those conditions. Their place is like that most of the time. You could tell that their guys were maybe more comfortable with it. And the confidence that they had maybe was a bit higher. I would say that if we were to play indoors, maybe it would have been a different match.”

The Cowboys are now 0-4 in Big 12 Conference matches with just one more to go just two days later against Baylor. On a five-match losing streak, the Cowboys look to finish out the regular season with a win on Sunday. Coach Dustin Taylor emphasized how the team is going to prepare for the last regular season match of the season.

“Just get back up, do your job,” Taylor said. “That's what we try to do each and every day. And again, we'll look back at this at this trying time, especially this back end of the season and think about it at some point, you know, as painful as it is. You either win or you learn and we're learning a lot right now. Learning all about our team, learning a lot about our culture and learning a lot about our guys. And don't forget we're still a young team. We will lose one player this year and the future's bright. You take the lumps and you know if you're going to take the highs you got to take the lows and right now we're certainly at a low, but we'll wake up again tomorrow, get back to work, have a good practice, prepare for a good Baylor team and take a crack at them on Sunday.”